While ‘Making Waves to Fight Cancer’ is our mission, during this time of uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, we need to do ‘something different’… socially distanced, yet connected to our cause. Therefore, we will be replacing our pool and open water swims this year with fun ways to ‘make waves any way you can’ walk, run, golf, swim, kayak, bike. All can participate, whether you raise funds or not.
The Long Island Sound Swim continues to be the largest of all the SAA events. This is the 28th year celebrating Swim Across America with Long Island Sound benefit swims and events raising over $20 million in funds to fight cancer!
Proceeds from the swims will support immunotherapy research at the Swim Across America Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, pediatric oncology research at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and patient services with Cancer Support Team.
Registrations: 330 Goal: 728000
Even in these uncertain times, we can continue making waves to fight cancer. As we navigate COVID-19, we've created a special webpage for event updates, helpful information and ways you can continue to support the mission of Swim Across America.
This year we are replacing our eight swim options with a personal challenge that will kick off July 10th and run through August 1st. All are invited to participate as we ‘Make Virtual Waves to Fight Cancer’. Do as much or as little as you would like. You can even personally challenge yourself, your Team or others to go the ‘virtual 85 mile distance’ across our SAALIS nine Westchester stops…from The New York Athletic Club to Larchmont Yacht Club, Larchmont Shore Club, Orienta Beach Club, Coveleigh Club, Westchester Country Club, Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club, Lakeside Field Club, ending at Lake Isle Country Club a virtual 85 mile loop!
The Long Island Sound Swim has been raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment since 1992. It was, and still is, dedicated to the memory of Kathy Webers - forever in our hearts. In our first year, we had 17 swimmers and raised $15,000. In 2019, we had over 900 swimmers and raised $1,300,000. Due to our faithful swimmers, dedicated volunteers, and generous donors, Long Island Sound has become one of the most distinguished open water swims in the country. Please join us as we swim into our 28th year in 2020.
If you have any questions about SAA - Long Island Sound, please contact Tony Sibio.
WHAT: This year the 'SAA - LIS 2020 Personal Challenge' replaces our open water and pool swims. All can participate in this ‘any-activity, fund-raising challenge’ as we “Make Virtual Waves to Fight Cancer." Activities can include walking, biking, running, golfing, swimming, kayaking or any favorite safe activity.
WHERE: Anywhere you want, with your team or individually. For added fun, personally challenge yourself, your team or others to go the ‘virtual 85 mile distance’ across our SAA - LIS nine Westchester stops…from the New York Athletic Club to Larchmont Shore Club, Larchmont Yacht Club, Orienta Beach Club, Coveleigh Club, Westchester Country Club, Lakeside Field Club, Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club and ending at Lake Isle Country Club a virtual 85 mile loop!
WHEN: Anytime between July 10th through August 1st , which coincides with the timing of our past SAA-LIS open water and pool swims.
HOW: Five easy steps: (Anyone already registered as a volunteer or swimmer, will be automatically changed to this new program; NO NEED to reregister)
1. Register either individually or under your Team name
2. Pay $25 registration fee (this year only) and you will receive a commemorative 2020 SAA T-Shirt. To be picked up on July 25th, information to follow.
3. Set up your fundraising profile page and fundraise what you can, if you can. This year, the minimum $250 and $500 participation fees are waived.
4. Personally challenge yourself and others to get out there and kayak, walk, run, bike, golf, play tennis, swim - any fun thing you want.
5. Mark your calendars for our July 25th celebration, more to come on that!
6. Share your miles weekly using the 'Enter Activity' button between July 10 - August 1; Let’s see how many times we can ‘virtually loop around our 9 venues’ this summer!
7. Post on social media tagging @saa_lis, as you proudly and loudly wear your bandana that you will be receiving from SAALIS in early July!
If this is your first time participating or if you just need some tips to be a better fundraiser, click here. It will walk you through the participant center and teach you how to email donors, share on social media sites and download the fundraising app.
You may support the swimmer of your choice by making an online donation. Or you may send a check, payable to Swim Across America, to the address below:
Swim Across America
PO Box 217
Larchmont, NY 10538
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are supporting.
We support the Swim Across America Research Laboratory at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
We fund the Tommy Palazzo Fellowship for Pediatric Oncology Research at Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian (Blood and Marrow Transplanation) at Columbia University Medical Center.
The Cancer Support Team is a local home health care agency located in Mamaroneck, NY. They provide many services to cancer patients and their families.
Sponsors who support Swim Across America are the backbone of our events and we offer a number of opportunities to get involved. You may choose to honor or remember a swimmer, advertise your business, or honor the swim itself. Swim Across America is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law.
The Long Island Sound Swim started in Larchmont, New York in 1992 at the Larchmont Yacht Club with a 4-mile swim. It was, and still is, dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Kathy Webers, who along with family and friends courageously battled cancer for over a year. Our first year we had 35 swimmers and raised $15,000.
1994: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NYC) renamed one of its highest priority labs in honor of Swim Across America. It was also the first year that the swim's course ended at the Larchmont Shore Club, where a celebratory brunch was held.
1996: Without a swim in 1996, the LIS Committee reformed; in addition to the 4-mile swim added the 1- mile swim. Cancer Support Team and Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian at Columbia University Medical Center were added as additional beneficiaries.
1999: The Orienta Beach Club Pool 1/2 and 1-mile swims were added to provide for a less intense swim option to those who wanted to participate and support LIS events.
2003: A 6 mile swim was added to our open water swim for those who wanted to raise the bar on their swimming and fundraising capabilities.
2005: NYAC Travers Island Pool Swim was added to our events and we broke the $1 million fundraising mark.
2011: The Swim Across America lab at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center announced their development of an FDA-approved revolutionary new drug to treat advanced skin cancer. We added more pool swims, introduced the "pool crawl" and raised over $1,245,000.
2017: Marked our 25th year raising money to fight cancer through research and patient care.
2020: We will celebrate our 28th year of fighting cancer in the Long Island Sound.
Click here to view the SAA - Long Island Sound archive of photos, videos and flyers.